Gabriella specialises in commercial/chancery and general commercial litigation. Her practice includes contractual disputes across a very broad range of industries, civil fraud and asset tracing claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims and corporate and personal insolvency applications. Many of the cases in which Gabriella is instructed have an international element and she is experienced in dealing with jurisdictional challenges and conflicts of laws issues.
Gabriella is also experienced in obtaining and resisting applications for injunctive relief, including freezing orders and ancillary orders.
Thanks in part to her international background, covering Sweden, the US, Spain and the Netherlands, Gabriella has a creative spark which enables her to bring fresh ideas to difficult problems and she is frequently instructed to advise across the legal areas within her practice.
Gabriella is a strong and passionate advocate who appears regularly as sole Counsel in a variety of matters in the English Courts and in arbitrations. She is also frequently instructed as a junior to leading counsel, and she is experienced in acting as part of a larger counsel team in large scale commercial litigation, such as the US$2 billion claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority (a sovereign wealth fund) against the French bank Société Générale to set aside several trades and derivative options, and its further £100 million claim against Credit Suisse and others.
Terms of Business
The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Gabriella will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Gabriella accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2020 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.
Gabriella’s undergraduate degree in law included a fourth year abroad at Leiden University in the Netherlands, focused on European law as well as Private and Public International law.
She subsequently stayed on at Oxford for another year to complete the Bachelor of Civil Law (a masters level degree), taking papers in Conflict of Laws, Restitution of Unjust Enrichment, Advanced Property and Trusts and Medical Law and Ethics.
“Beyond wrongful trading – remaining risks and responsibilities” (2020) 6 JIBFL 359
“Insolvency remoteness – a holy grail or indirectly achievable?” (2019) 7 JIBFL 444
Contributor to the sections on money-laundering and whistle-blowers in MacDonald on the Law of Freedom of Information (3rd Ed)